Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Wednesday Wisdom: Elizabeth Taylor

“The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues”


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Tuesday Tip: Long Lasting Lashes

To give false eyelashes maximum staying power, put extra glue on both ends of the eyelash strip because these areas are more likely to come loose. I would also recommend using a great adhesive like the Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive (£3.56 Tesco / $3.93 Walmart) or the Eylure Lashfix Adhesive (£2.75 Boots / $5.69 asos.com).
Eylure Lashfix Adhesive

Monday, 29 September 2014

Faithful Four: Hydrating Facial Serums

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum
Promise: “This serum collects and continuously and deeply spreads water to restore skin's water balance, making skin supple and fresh”
Price: £29.00 / $49.00 30ml
Purchase: John Lewis / Sephora

This really is a beauty product that stays true to its word. Caudalie’s S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum is very lightweight and fine in texture, yet is still able to provide a whole load of hydration to the skin. One of its greatest strengths is that it does not irritate skin, a side effect that is common in highly concentrated serums. The hero ingredient in this skin saviour is organic grape water, an antioxidant rich water that helps to strengthen collagen and firm the skin. Typical of all Caudalie products, the S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum is non-comedogenic, paraben-free and is not tested on animals.

Darphin Hydraskin Serum
Promise: “Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum is formulated with the Extreme Hydration Complex and extracts of pomegranate and elm root to smooth, soften and restore suppleness to dry and dehydrated skin"
Price: £43.00 / $76.00 30ml
Purchase: House of Fraser / Space NK

Darphin’s water-based serum is a great hydrating serum for all skin types. Although on the pricey side, the Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum feels weightless on the skin and leaves it looking healthy and plumped. It includes pomegranate extract, a powerful antioxidant that plays a positive role in the repair of skin damage caused by UV exposure and aging. The downside? It doesn't last long, especially if you take Darphin’s advice for maximum effectiveness and use five drops per application.

Antipodes Hosanna H20 Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum
Promise: “A water-charged and oil-free bioactive serum that immediately quenches thirsty skin and helps intensively improve skin appearance over time”
Price: £28.00 / $48.98 30ml
Purchase: Selfridges / feelunique.com

Antipodes Hosanna H20 Intensive is one of the best water-based serums available. This certified organic serum deeply hydrates the skin, leaving it plumped and free of those pesky fine lines. What's more, Hosanna replaces standard 'aqua' with Waiwera water, a water low in sodium and rich in naturally occurring minerals. It has been scientifically proven to stimulate type 1 collagen production by up to 72% and did I mention it smells amazing?

Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum
Promise: “This universal moisturising beautifying serum has the power to protect your beauty and restore all your radiance. Exquisitely comforted with vital moisture, skin is radiant, beautiful, fresh and plumped”
Price: £78.00 / $135.00 50ml
Purchase: Selfridges / Nordstrom

This ultra-hydrating serum absorbs into the skin almost instantly. In addition to treating dry skin, the Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum also helps to repair flaky skin and its non-greasy, smooth texture makes it a great foundation primer. The one thing that pushes this serum to the pedestal is that, after a week of using it, my concealer finally stopped creasing....halle-freakin-lujah! Unsurprisingly, the only downside is the cost.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ingredients 101: Kigelia Africana

Natural or Synthetic: Natural

The Science: Kigelia Africana is extracted from the bark, roots and fruits of the Kigelia Africana tree. The Kigelia Africana is part of the Bignoniaceae family and is often referred to as the 'Sausage Tree'.

Location: The Kigelia Africana grows throughout tropical Africa.

Beauty Benefits: Kigelia Africana has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and it has been used as a healing agent for centuries. It is also great for reducing inflammation and redness. However this amazing ingredient is most loved for its ability to tighten and firm the skin! And that's not the only thing it firms - women in southern parts of Africa are known to use the fruit of the Kigelia Africana on their breasts as a firming treatment!

Warnings: Kigelia Africana is safe to use topically.

Found in: The Aurelia Miracle Cleanser 120ml (£34.00 urbanretreat.co.uk / $53.00 net-a-porter.com). This aromatic cleanser removes makeup and dirt completely, whilst keeping skin hydrated and soft. Hardly any product is needed per use and it smells divine!

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Beauty Myth: Brushing Your Hair 100 Times A Day Will Make It Shiny

The Verdict: False

There is only one thing this amount of brushing can lead to, and that gals is damage. Brushing too much or too roughly can cause breakage and fall out. Now don’t get me wrong, gentle brushing will distribute the hair’s natural oils throughout the hair shafts making them shiny, whilst also preventing them from becoming dry and brittle. However try not to get too carried away - I would only advise brushing hair for styling and detangling.

To achieve a damage-free shine, I would recommend using the TIGI Bed Head Headrush Shine Spray 200ml (£14.35 feelunique.com / $20.99 ULTA).

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